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Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis isn't truly an Irishman, he just plays one on screen -- again and again and again.

Day-Lewis, who has starred as Irish characters in "My Left Foot" and "In the Name of the Father," plays a former Irish Republican Army soldier seeking peace in "The Boxer," due out this week.

"I am English, and I was raised in England, but I'm very proud of whatever part of me is Irish," Day-Lewis said in Sunday's New York Post.

The actor, who won an Academy Award for best actor in "My Left Foot," lives in Ireland part time.

"Ireland's history with Britain is not taught in the British educational system, and when I learned it, I was astonished and so ashamed," Day-Lewis said.

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